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Preview — The Heartless Stone by Tom Zoellner
The Heartless Stone: A Journey Through the World of Diamonds, Deceit, and Desire
The Heartless Stone is no exception. In this engaging book, prepare to discover how much you didn't know about diamonds and just how amazingly much of what we think we know is actually myth or simply assumptions that were created for us.
The countless interviews with people span the globe, and take in every perspective that you can be glean without actually hopping on a...more
The dirty secret of diamonds has been out for some time, and with good reason. It's got all the requisite ingredients of intriguing journalism: greed, sex, gaping economic disparities, and glamour. It's too bad it took a failed engagement to prompt this book, but Zoellner has risen from the romantic ashes with Heartless Stone. As The Wall Street Journal points out, he's no geologist, but he is a careful reporter. He doesn't miss a stop on the diamond road, hopping from Africa to South America t...more
I learned so much about the history of the diamond industry, how DeBeers became a cartel,...more
It could have been a bit more pointed regarding the manipulation of the market, and how people have been duped into:
1. thinking diamonds are rare (false)
2. believing that 2.5 - 3.5 month's salary is what a man should pay for his fiancee's ring (nice way to enforce a sliding scale price)
3. not questioning why a diamond ring is even purchased (brilliant marketing campaign, pun intended...more